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Wiegers steps away from RU pledge

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The hits to Rutgers 2014 recruiting class just keep coming.
After four-star wide receiver Adonis Jennings and four-star safety Kiy Hester de-committed the prior weekend, Rutgers found out on Sunday that four-star quarterback Tyler Wiegers would also be opening up his recruitment.
"I sat down and talked with my family, and this was a family decision," Wiegers said. "I talked with the Rutgers coaches and we just decided that I wanted to play at a place with a very stable environment and there is a lot going on at Rutgers right now."
The de-commitment does not sever the ties between Wiegers and Rutgers completely. He still plans to keep an eye on the program going forward and had a cordial conversation with the coaching staff on Sunday.
"The Rutgers coaches were respectful about it," Wiegers said. "The coaches want me to take an official out there in January. They said everything will be cleared up then, so that is still a possibility. I will talk with my family about that."
In the short term, though, Wiegers will turn his attention to other schools and the team that will immediately benefit is the Iowa Hawkeyes.
"Their coaches had talked to my parents over the weekend, then yesterday I reached out to them and set up an official visit. That is going to be this weekend," Wiegers said. "My last visit there last spring was really good and I enjoyed it a lot. I'm excited to see a game atmosphere and the coaches are excited to see me so I am sure it will be a good trip."
Wiegers will see Iowa host Michigan during his official visit this upcoming weekend, but he is not going into the weekend planning to make a quick decision.
"I definitely want to take some more time with it because the second time, you can't screw it up again," he said. "I definitely want to take some more time and make sure I get it right this time."
The only school that continued to maintain contact with Wiegers following his Rutgers commitment was the University of Pennsylvania, and Wiegers does plan to check out the Ivy League program.
"They are a great academic school obviously and you are going to be able to do a lot in life after [graduating]," Wiegers said. "Also, they are one of the best football programs in the Ivy League."
Now that his senior season is over, Wiegers will sit down and put together a full season film and will be open to other schools that inquire.
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